THE WHITE HOUSE -- A number of pro-life conservative groups will meet today at the White House with Joshua DuBois, the head of its Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Office.
The meeting was the idea of Wendy Wright, the president of Concerned Women for America. She said she decided to take President Obama at his word that he wants to talk to and work with all sides on the abortion issue.
"He said he would like to be the president of all people," Wright told CBN News. "So it is important that he be listening to the voices of those who have real experience in reducing the number of abortions."
The reason for the meeting is to find ways to actually reduce the number of abortions in the United States.
Finding Common Ground
Wright says groups like the CWA, the Family Research Council and other pro-life groups that will be at the meeting have long years of experience at doing just that, and can show the White House how to find common ground in accomplishing that goal.
"We can find common ground by looking at what do most Americans want," Wright explained. "And polling data shows that things like parental notification, informed consent, no government funding of elective abortions get 60, 70, 80 percent approval by Americans. That should be something we can agree would be common ground. Let's do what the American people want."
There's been some negative reaction from the other side to this White House meeting.
A liberal blog known as Think What's Possible wrote about the pro-life organizations that will be at the White House today.
"Those groups have some pretty extreme views and have been openly hostile toward the administration," the blogger wrote and posted on the Website.
Also, a pro-gay blogger known as the Southern Voice wrote, "These fundie groups don't want a compromise on abortion or to help find a way to reduce them. They only want them outlawed."